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Environmental advocates applaud conservation fund, river protection laws

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer By Will Healey Environmental advocates are cheering the signing into law of a sprawling natural resources bill that permanently re-authorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and furnishes certain local waterways with a national “wild and scenic” designation. With President Donald Trump’s signing of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, […]

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House OKs ‘wild and scenic’ designation for lower Farmington River, Salmon Brook

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer by Will Healey WASHINGTON — A sprawling natural resources bill containing designation for the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as a national “Wild and Scenic River” overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The roughly 62-mile portion […]

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Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook a step closer to federal ‘wild and scenic’ designation

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer by Will Healey With the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of a sprawling natural resources bill, the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook are once again in contention to receive federal designation as a national “Wild and Scenic River.” The roughly 62-mile portion that would receive the designation — which carries certain protections […]

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Great News! We are now officially Wild and Scenic!

Posted on March 17, 2019

The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act that was signed into law on Tuesday, March 12, has conferred the status of Wild and Scenic on the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, its tributary. Attaining the Wild and Scenic designation was a labor of more than a decade by the Wild and Scenic Study Committee constituted […]

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Larson, Hayes Vote for Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act

Posted on February 28, 2019

Act Heads to President’s Desk Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05) voted for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which was included in the Natural Resources Management Act. This bill would create a National Park Service protective designation for the Lower […]

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Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

Posted on February 14, 2019

By Coral Davenport New York Times Feb. 12, 2019 Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to […]

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SENATE PASSES MURPHY’S BILL TO DESIGNATE FARMINGTON RIVER & SALMON BROOK AS “WILD & SCENIC”

Posted on February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), applauded passage of his Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which will create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. With the protective designation as a “Wild and Scenic river,” […]

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Final Draft State Water Plan

Posted on September 3, 2017

The Final Draft State Water Plan is currently available for public comment through November 20, 2017.  The draft plan and info about how to comment can be found at the following website:   www.ct.gov/water .

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“Rock Snot” on the West Branch of the Farmington River

Posted on June 22, 2017

Connecticut DEEP Attention Anglers- Rock Snot is in full bloom in the West Branch Farmington River from New Hartford to Hartland. Please take extra care to clean anything that has come into contact with the stream bottom. The species is Cymbella janischii, which is native to the Pacific Northwest and not found on the east […]

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MURPHY, ESTY, BLUMENTHAL, LARSON REINTRODUCE WILD & SCENIC BILL TO PROTECT LOWER FARMINGTON RIVER

Posted on March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – Building on a nearly decade-long, community-driven effort, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), reintroduced their Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act to create a […]

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